When And How To Use Cannabis Balms And Topical Creams
When To Use Cannabis Balms & Topicals
Research suggests that cannabis-infused topical creams may have the ability to combat inflammation and pain. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties which may work to provide relief wherever the cream is applied.
If you are experiencing localized pain, a cannabis topical may be able to help. Many people prefer to keep a tub of cream in their gym bag or work bag in order to combat pain and inflammation as soon as it arises.
Cannabis balms are also great for when you want to avoid experiencing the systemic effects of cannabis but are still looking for relief. When a topical balm or cream is applied, it sinks deep into the skin to provide localized relief, but it never actually reaches the bloodstream and will never produce any kind of intoxicating effects if it’s not a transdermal. If you’re looking for a cannabis product that provides relief without getting you ‘high’, then infused balms are a great option. And if you’re simply looking for an alternative to other kinds of creams or salves that provide targeted localized relief, then cannabis topicals are also a great choice.
How To Use Cannabis Balms & Topicals
For the most part, you can apply cannabis topicals just as you would any other topical cream or balm. Simply use your finger to scoop some up and rub it into your skin wherever you need it to work. Rub it in a circular motion to ensure that it enters the skin quickly and properly, and doesn’t just sit on top waiting to be absorbed.
But beyond that, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when using cannabis topicals.
1. Clean The Area Beforehand
Before you apply any kind of topical cream, you should take a moment to clean the area beforehand by washing and drying it. Dirt, grease, and oil that commonly sit on top of the skin will make it harder for the cream to be absorbed, potentially reducing its effectiveness. Always wash up before applying a cannabis topical.
2. Reapply Every Few Hours
If pain and inflammation continue even after application, don’t be afraid to apply more cream to your trouble spots. Give it an hour for the cream to have a chance to work before applying more. And if it works, reapply the topical every 3–4 hours or whenever pain returns.
3. Be Generous
If you aren’t experiencing the relief you’re looking for, you may not be using enough balm per application. Don’t hesitate to apply it a second or a third time after giving it a few minutes to sink into the skin.
4. Wash Your Hands
Remember to wash your hands after each application. Some infused creams tend to smell somewhat like cannabis, while others use extra scented ingredients to disguise the smell. Others may also contain certain oils or other ingredients intended to increase absorption and effectiveness. Make sure to wash your hands after you apply a cannabis topical in order to ensure that you don’t transfer any sticky or oily substances to other objects, and to keep your hands smelling nice and clean.